Emergency Medicine welcomes five new Emergency Medicine fellows.
Andrew Latimer, MD joins us as Senior Fellow/Acting Instructor in the second year of his Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) fellowship. Dr. Latimer received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Neurobiology from the University of Washington (UW), followed by his medical degree from the University of Michigan, after which he completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Latimer’s passion for EMS began even prior to medical school, when he worked as an EMT in the Seattle area during his undergraduate studies. During residency, Dr. Latimer received the MedEvac Foundation International “Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) Scholarship, the Jean Hollister EMS Award and upon graduation was awarded the NAEMSP/Physio-Control EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship Scholarship. During the past year, Dr. Latimer spent the majority of his time training with Seattle Medic One and Airlift Northwest under the leadership of Dr. Michael Sayre and Dr. Richard Utarnachitt. He additionally continued to practice clinical emergency medicine at Valley Medical Center. During his second year of fellowship training, Dr. Latimer will pursue additional leadership training, will further develop his knowledge and skills related to air medical transport serving as the Assistant Medical Director of Airlift Northwest, and will begin working clinically at Harborview Medical Center as of July 2017.Claire Nordeen, MD
joins Emergency Medicine as a 1st year EMS fellow. Dr. Nordeen received a BA in Human biology from Stanford University in 2007, followed by a medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Between undergraduate and medical school, Dr. Nordeen served as a Volunteer Programs Manager for Support for International Change in Arusha, Tanzania. While at Stanford, she was a 3-time recipient U.S. Collegiate Ski Association Academic All-American. After medical school, Dr. Nordeen completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the Denver Health Medical Center program, graduating this past June 2017.
Bjorn Watsjold, MD, MPH
joins Emergency Medicine's Medical Education Research fellowship. Dr. Watsjold completed a Bachelor of Art in International Relations in 2007, followed by a Masters of Public Health in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights in 2009, after which he received his medical degree in 2013, all from Boston University. The Division of Emergency Medicine was fortunate to have matched Dr. Watsjold in residency program where he has been an exceptional resident. Given his excellent clinical skills and demonstrated leadership qualities, Dr. Watsjold was selected to serve as Chief Resident. During residency, Bjorn was the recipient of the 2016 the AAMC - Western Group on Educational Affairs grant for his proposal “Do You Hear What I See: A Randomized Trial of Phonocardiography to Augment Cardiac Auscultation Skills,” a unique project to evaluate the ability of a new technology to enhance training around a basic but essential physical examination skill.
Scott Owens, MD MPH
joins Emergency Medicine as the Global Emergency Medicine and Rural Health fellow. Prior to medical training, Dr. Owens lived in Syria and Lebanon where he became fluent in Arabic and assisted in disaster/water relief efforts. Dr. Owens completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2006 followed by a Masters of Public Health during which he received the Gillings Merit Scholarship, and completed his medical training in 2013, all at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He moved to the west coast and joined a four year residency program in Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno where he continued to expand his interest in Wilderness Medicine and EMS, as well as the practice of medicine in austere settings, becoming a lead trainer for the National Park Service for Park Medics. During residency, Scott trained Medics in disaster preparedness and emergency care as Course Director of the Parkmedic Certification course, chairing monthly meetings for EMS oversight of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Scott joins our UW Global Emergency Medicine team as the 2nd fellow in our fellowship program. His area of focus for fellowship is in humanitarian emergencies and health care delivery in conflict zones, and he hopes to work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in the Middle East after working in Alaska.
Catherine Counts, Ph.D., MHA
joins Emergency Medicine and Seattle Medic One as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Counts completed her PhD in Health Services Research at the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she also previously earned her Master of Health Administration. Dr. Counts has research interests in domestic health care policy, quality and patient safety, organizational culture and prehospital emergency medicine. She is a member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and AcademyHealth. In her free time she trains Bruno, her Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) canine. Dr. Counts will be focusing on the Seattle Medic One Cardiac Arrest Registry and initiating her research career in Health Services Research at the University of Washington.